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OECD Rural Development Conference 2018

Edinburgh Scotland 9th to 12th April 2018

The 11th OECD Rural Development Conference came to Edinburgh from 9-12 April, with the Scottish Rural Network Support Unit leading the UK in the organisation and the execution of the event. 442 delegates from 27 countries descended on Scotland’s capital to discuss how innovation can help rural areas respond to the challenges of globalisation, shifting trading patterns, and growing inequality. 

Through a Rural Lens UK Rural Development and Networking Conference 2017

 Clayton Hotel, Belfast 14th & 15th November 2017


In the UK, four Network Support Units (NSUs) operate to enhance the implementation of the Rural Development Programme in each of the regions of Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. 

A regular exchange of information and co-ordination among each of the regional Networks is in place to ensure consistency, create synergies and avoid duplication.

Sustainable Land Management Strategy

Stormont Pavillion, Belfast

A representative from the Network Support Unit attended a briefing organised by Northern Ireland Environment Link on Sustainable Land Management Strategy on 19th April 2016.

Launching LEADER Cooperation North and South

Canal Court Hotel, Newry

8th-9th November 2016

The Rural Network for Northern Ireland and the Ireland National Rural Network hosted a joint conference exploring the theme of LEADER Co-operation within the context of their current Rural Development Programmes.

 This 2 day conference took place at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Co. Down and included representatives from LAGs in Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Managing Authorities and Network Support Units from UK and Ireland.